Alberto Biasi


Italy, b.1937

Lives and works in Padua, Italy

Alberto Biasi, born in Padua on in 1937, attended a secondary school with an emphasis on the humanities before studying Industrial Design at the Institute of Architecture in Venice. In 1959 he begins his career as a painter and sculptor. This is also the year in which he forms the Gruppo N and contributes to the planning stages of all of the works of this group until its dissolution in 1967. In 1960 he exhibits with Castellani, Manzoni and other European artists of the "new artistic conceptions". In 1961 as co-founder of Gruppo N he is one of the most energetic promoters of the Nuove Tendenze, actively supporting the first steps of the Arte Programmata movement in 1962. During this very creative period he collectively signs works by Gruppo N such as the "wefts", the "optic-dynamic reliefs", obtained by overlapping thin sheets of metal, the "dynamic forms" of torsions, the moving "photo-reflections" as well as the unstable perceived environmental installations.


After the dissolution of the Gruppo N, Alberto Biasi "discovers his solo career": he launches a series of studies and explorations of transitional spaces and shapes, he deals with objects in eurhythmic motion, creating a considerable cycle of works, the so-called "poly-types". The following phase of Biasi’s research produces a significant set of works in which the combination of carved lamellar elements incorporated into painted surfaces produces changing visual effects and establishes an evocative exchange between viewer and artwork.


His work continues to make important evolutions: from 2000 onwards Biasi elaborates a previous research and creates the "assemblages", mainly monochrome diptychs and triptychs, with impressive plastic and colorist effects. In 2006 an exhibition, of thirty of his early works, achieved great recognition in the rooms of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Besides the twelve exhibitions that Biasi contributed to with Gruppo N, he has exhibited in over eighty personal shows and has participated in more than four hundred group shows, including the XXXII and XLII Venice Biennial, the XI Biennial of San Paolo, the X, XI and XIV Quadrennial of Rome.


In addition, Alberto Biasi takes part at the 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale 2011, where he is present in the Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, with the work "Corsa ad ostacoli", a blend of red 2007, proposed by the Nobel Prize for physics in 1976, Professor Samuel CC Ting: Alberto Biasi could not give up the invitation.

Also in Venice he is also present at the exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny TRA, Edge of Becoming by Francesco Poli, from 4/06 to 15/11/2011.

Alberto Biasi was present at the exhibition "Italian Zero & Avantgarde ’60s" in Moscow at the Multimedia Art Museum from 13/09 to 30/10/2011. With Biasi there are works of Agostino Bonalumi, Bruno Munari, Dadamaino, Davide Boriani, Enrico Castellani, Francesco Lo Savio, Gabriele Devecchi, Gianni Colombo, Lucio Fontana, Manfredo Massironi, Nanda Vigo, Paolo Scheggi and Piero Manzoni.

His artoworks are part of the following public collections: Modern Art Museum of New York, Galleria Nazionale di Roma, Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, Peggy Guggenheim of Venice, MACBA of Buenos Aires, among others.


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